On Sunday, Laura Coody, 22, ran out of gas. She and her boyfriend, Robert Boudreaux, 31, were dropped off in Deltona, Florida, and then began walking to their destination. After walking several miles, Coody, who is pregnant, complained she was dehydrated and bleeding.
Boudreaux carried her and attempted to get cars to stop for them. When that failed he went into the middle of the road and forced Joie Gibilisco, 20, who was driving home from church, to stop. Boudreaux told him they had to get to the hospital but the driver refused to take them.
At that point, Boudreaux allegedly carjacked the Buick. Central Florida News
reports Gibilisco saying Boudreaux said, "You better take her or I'll blow your head off." The 20-year-old told the couple to get in the back seat.
When Gibilisco stopped at a red light, Boudreaux allegedly became angry and attempted to choke the driver with his seat belt. He then told Gibilisco to get out of the car and after Gibilisco left the vehicle he borrowed a phone and called 911.
Boudreaux took the wheel and began driving in an erratic manner and refused to stop for police who were following him. He drove into the parking lot of the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City where the car was boxed in by officers and Boudreaux was taken into custody.
No weapons were found in the car but Boudreaux was charged with armed carjacking, fleeing or eluding police, and driving with a suspended license.
Coody told police officers she tried to get Boudreaux to stop for police but he refused.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
reports Brandon Haught, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, as saying both Boudreaux and Coody had working cellphones but did not phone for help. Haught also said before the alleged carjacking, the couple had just passed a fire station where they could have asked for assistance.
The Orlando Sentinel
reports Boudreaux has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for possession of cocaine, burglary, domestic assault, aggravated assault, hit-and-run, and prowling.
Coody, who was not charged, was treated in the hospital's emergency room.